COVID-19: FG’s palliatives left to rot in Kano

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By George Samuel

Millions of naira worth of Federal Government grains palliative sent to Kano have spoilt after they were left in the open and destroyed by rain.
139 trucks of grains, that was sent to Kano to be distributed to vulnerable and less privileges some two weeks ago, were left in an open place at the premises of the Kano Agricultural Supply Company (KASCO) around Firm Center, but were not well covered by officials.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq had personally delivered the consignment, which included 5,318 metric tonns of rice; 2,438 metric tonns of maize; 1,380 metric tonns of millet and 900 metric tonns of Sorghum.

However, once the minister left the palliatives were left not properly covered at the KASCO warehouse premises where the natural elements had a field day.

When our Correspondent visited the warehouse he saw several bags throughly soaked following a number of downpours that have happened since the minister’s visit.

A source at the premises, who regretted how the food items left to rot under the rains, said the consignment had spent more than two weeks unattended to.

“Many people are are hungry because they cannot go for their daily sources of livelihood due to the lockdown. Government brought the food to assistant people but look at the items here under the rain and in the sun. How can people be starving and food meant for them left idle this is wrong,” the source said.

When contacted, Chairman of the State Fundraising Committee and Vice Chancellor, Bayero University Kano, Professor Mohammed Yahuza Bello explained that plan for the evacuation and distribution of the Federal government palliatives is slated to commence on Thursday.

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